In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds

March 25, 2013

An article from the New York Times discusses "mindfulness" and how practicing mindfulness may change the way our brains function and help us improve attention, reduce stress hormones and even bounce back faster from negative information. “People have the sense that mindfulness is something they can do by focusing on a raisin for five minutes,” said Michael Baime, MD, director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness. “That is mindful practice, but it takes more than that.” Baime said another common misconception is that mindfulness is about learning to be happy. It’s not. Nor is it about eliminating stress. “Stress doesn’t go away, ever. That’s why we call it stress management rather than stress elimination,” he said. Rather, he said, mindfulness can “create a world where you experience depth, meaning and connectedness. You see joy and sadness more fully and settle more deeply into an authentic way of being.”

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